I started a great journey to a city called Ludwigsburg, 12 km north of Stuttgart’s city centre. It’s quite close to Stuttgart. We took S Bahn from Hauptbahnhof and continue with bus. We met my-new-2 weeks-cousin, Monica (who is apparently as old as my mom) and her daughter, Lisa. Four of us (me, my dad, my mom,Monica and Lisa) went to Schloss Ludwigsburg.
Ludwigsburg SchlossLudwidsburg palace is one of the largest barock residences in Europe and features an enormous baroque garden. The Palace was at times one of the most magnificent courts in Europe.It was built by Willen Herzog Eberhard Ludwigs von Württemberg (reg. 1693 -1733). One year later the site was named “Ludwigsburg” (in English: Ludwig’s castle). Begun as a hunting lodge, the project became much more complex and gained momentum over the years. It has been a history now, and has been passed from generation to generation. Today, it was visited by people who are interested in the history and it is also a middle interest for people who live in Ludwigsburg.
On August 17,1709, the duke established the city of Ludwigsburg directly next to his palace. In 1718, Ludwigsburg temporarily became capital and sole residence of the dukes of Württemberg. Later on, under the successors of Eberhard Ludwig, the residence was transferred back to nearby Stuttgart.
In 1733, when the construction phase had been completed, the baroque style was absolutely prevailing in Germany. Eventually, successors of Eberhard Ludwig modified the original design of the palace. Especially, Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg (1728 – 1793) and King Friedrich of Württemberg (1754 – 1816) have to be mentioned.
The Queen’s Room
Under King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, the palace and especially the gardens decayed gradually because the monarch, in contrast to his predecessors, showed no interest in Ludwigsburg Palace. He favored his own palace projects “Wilhelma” (Moorish Style) and “Rosenstein” (Classicism) in Stuttgart.
The Great Hall
Ludwigsburg Palace was not destroyed during World War II, so a renaissance of the complex could start in the mid 20th century. The continuous garden show “Flourishing Baroque”, that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, opened in 1953. Nowadays, the palace and its surrounding gardens are presented to the public in a state very similar to their appearance around 1800.
Since 2004 people can visit three new museums, they are called ‘der Barockgalerie’ (Old Main Building), ‘dem Mode’(a branch of Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart – presents clothes from 1750 to 1820) and ‘dem Keramikmuseum’ (New Main Building-a branch of Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart). ‘Barockgalerie’ ties the knot Staatgalerie Stuttgart to this Barocknesse tradition. You can find the work from all of German and Italian painter in 1700 – 1800 in this gallery. It has also some collection of paintings which is bought by the Württemberg families. This gallery offers 120 works of painting during Barock era.
The Most Interesting Part : Ludwigsburg Palace Theater
I found that the Ludwigsburg Palace has a great theatre. The awesome fact is that this palace is still used up to today, there are still special concert of the year. So, how would you feel to sit on an ex-king’s-theatre-chamber ? I’m sure you will get lots of fascinating time there. I was once sitting on one of the bench, and the amaizing thing was that you can hear the speaker’s voice without microphone very clear! This theatre has been fine constructed. They still have their old canvass background. It was so amaizing, and I am sure you will adore the beauty of the lamps above the theatre. Over the one hundred years during which the theater was unused, the giant scenery, backdrops and theater curtains also survived in the attic.